Category Archives: Finch

Mary Langworth and Richard Hawkins

My exploration of a network of recusant families in Elizabethan and Jacobean Kent and Sussex began with the Langworth family, and specifically with the children of Dr John Langworth, the cleric and poet who was reputed to be a church … Continue reading

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Susan Hawkins and John Finch of Grovehurst

In recent posts I’ve been exploring the lives of the children of the recusant Sir Thomas Hawkins the elder of Boughton-under-Blean, Kent, who died in 1617. In this post, I’m turning my attention to Thomas’ daughter Susan or Susanna. The … Continue reading

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Benedict Hawkins (Sister Barbara Benedict): 1586 – 1661

The parish register of Boughton-under-Blean, Kent, for the year 1586 includes the following entry: The 31th of Julye was bapt. Bennett the Daughter of Thomas Haukins, gent. Bennett or Benedict Hawkins was the youngest daughter of the recusant Sir Thomas … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of Sir Thomas Hawkins the younger (died 1640)

The last will and testament of the Catholic poet and translator, Sir Thomas Hawkins the younger, which I transcribed in the previous post, includes references to a number of members of his family. Notable by their absence from the will … Continue reading

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‘That then I may bee wholly attentive to the good of my soule’: the last will and testament of Sir Thomas Hawkins the younger

In the previous post I wrote about the recusant poet and translator Sir Thomas Hawkins the younger of Nash Court, Boughton under Blean, Kent, who died in 1640. In this post I’m sharing my transcription of his will, and in … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of Sir Thomas Hawkins

What insights can we glean from the last will and testament of Sir Thomas Hawkins of Boughton-under-Blean, Kent, who died in 1617, a transcription of which I shared in the previous post? For example, does the will throw any light on … Continue reading

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‘Calling to mynde the brittlenes and the instabilitie of mans lyfe’: the last will and testament of Sir Thomas Hawkins

Sir Thomas Hawkins of Nash Court, Boughton under Blean, Kent, died in April 1617. He was the father of a Jesuit priest, a Benedictine nun, a translator of recusant texts, and a physician, as well as being the father-in-law of … Continue reading

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